LOCAL police were acknowledged for their selfless work at the Griffith Local Area Command medal and awards ceremony yesterday.
Officers were honoured for long service, acts of bravery, excellence in investigation and exceeding the expectations of the police department and community.
Acting Commander Paul Smith praised Griffith’s police officers for their commitment to keeping the community safe.
“Policing is a difficult occupation that can vary from day to day, hour to hour,” he said.
“It is one of those occupations that you do not know what your shift will bring.
“It is days such as today we get an opportunity to recognise the commitment to the community by members of the NSW Police Force both sworn and unsworn.”
Leading Senior Constable Kris Johanson was awarded two certificates of merit for an off-duty arrest and an arrest under difficult circumstances.
The policeman was off duty when he arrested a wanted person who was thought to be carrying a sawn-off shotgun and a 9 millimetre pistol.
In the other instance, he persuaded a hostile man known to hate police to relinquish his child to its mother and attend Griffith Base Hospital.
Leading Senior Constable Johanson said the awards took him by surprise because he considered the acts of valour part of the job.
“I am honoured to be recognised but it’s a shame everyone who works here can’t be recognised,” he said.
“The things I got the awards for were fairly regular occurrences that I consider as just part of my role.”